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Apple updates Mac iMovie, Mac and iOS iWork with fixes, features

updated 06:00 pm EST, Thu January 23, 2014

Keynote 6.1 regains transitions, new features; iMovie fixes bugs

Apple on Thursday continued with a slew of updates by issuing a bug-fix release of iMovie for OS X, bringing it up to v10.0.2, and a refresh of its productivity suite of three apps known collectively as "iWork" for OS X and iOS that returns some features dropped from the previous releases in November, which were part of a "rebuilding" process for the now 64-bit and web-compatible programs (Keynote, Pages and Numbers). Apple had previously promised to return most features taken out of the programs in the most recent redesign.

The iMovie update fixes issues that could cause the program to quit unexpectedly or fail to share movies (or the Share button would simply not respond). Also remedied was an issue that sometimes caused project thumbnails to appear blank or showed as green on some computers, and resolved cases where effects such as Crop, Ken Burns and Map were not accessible on computers using certain languages. It also includes the usual "general stability improvements."

Keynote 6.1 for OS X and 2.1 for iOS includes new transitions, enhances the "presenter display" options, and improves compatibility with Microsoft's PowerPoint 2013 presentations. Users can now share password-protected presentations through a public iCloud link; create charts with date, time and duration values, and custom number formats used in charts are now preserved on import of older Keynote '09 and PowerPoint presentations.

Numbers 3.1 and 2.1 (respectively) for both platforms now allows sorting by multiple columns, sorting a subset of rows, and adds date and duration values to charts. Text now autocompletes when editing cells, there is a progress indicator for calculations, and users can now opt to have rows and columns highlight on mouseover. As with Keynote, custom formats in charts are preserved on import of Numbers '09 and Excel spreadsheets, and users can share password-protected spreadsheets through a public iCloud link. Users can now also export Numbers spreadsheets as password-protected in XLSX format, and the update improves compatibility with Excel 2013. Finally, v3.1 features improvements in AppleScript support as well as general bug fixes and stability improvements.

Changes in Pages v5.1 and 2.1 (OS X and iOS versions, respectively) are similar to the common upgrades mention in Keynote and Numbers as relates to Pages '09 and Microsoft Word 2013 compatibility, password-protected sharing and Word-compatible documents export and preserving formats in charts. In addition, Pages now offers a vertical ruler, customizable alignment guides, an option to view character counts with or without spaces and improved precision for inserting and pasting objects.

Users can now delete sections from the page navigator, start a list automatically using new special characters, and enjoy improved support for bi-directional text. In addition, version 5.1 offers improved ePub support alongside the general fixes and stability improvements.

All updates are free of charge for owners of the current version. iWork '09 owners and those who bought iWork apps for iOS can upgrade to the respective newest releases for free, as can buyers of new Mac and iOS devices. Users who never owned the previous version of iWork apps can buy the applications at the respective App Store at a cost of $20 each for Mac, or $10 each for the iOS versions.

by MacNN Staff



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